Setting its sights on the Toyota Highlander (Kluger) and Nissan Pathfinder in the United States market, the Palisade arrives as the spiritual successor to the Santa Fe XL - a long-wheelbase version of the previous-generation seven-seat large SUV sold Down Under. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis and the company says that there's ample room in the second- and third-row along with good space for cargo too.
At the back, things are kept fairly neat with slim vertical LED tail lights and tasteful application of chrome garnishes.
It is possible that Palisade will be the main front-wheel drive.
The audio and navigation display is a generous 10.25-inch touchscreen in widescreen format, coupled with a 12.3-inch fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster offering various view modes and differentiated drive mode illumination.
There's also a shift-by-wire system that frees up the centre console by switching out the traditional gearshift for a wand-style control. Its three-zone full auto air conditioner enables drivers to control air conditioning for the second and third rows. For added convenience, the third row can be had with power-folding/unfolding and reclining seats. The overall look, though, is noticeably more premium than the lesser Hyundais; indicative of the Palisade's namesake.
Huyndai offers a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes for the vehicle.
During an early look at the 2020 Palisade I was impressed with the interior quality and the amount of space inside the cabin in all rows. It is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As a self-respecting American crossover should, the Palisade boasts 16 cupholders, two for each passenger, as well as seven USB ports. The HTRAC system can be configured via several different drive modes, each one tweaking the behavior and location of the torque from the V-6.
Start the engine, set the climate system, and unlock doors remotely using the website MyHyundai.com or through the Blue Link app on your smartphone. Forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, lane guidance, automatic high beams, driver attention warnings, safe exit sense, smart cruise with stop and go, and rear cross traffic alerts make this one of the top offerings in its class when it comes to standard equipment. The system is created to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the auto, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.